Sri Bintang hill, or ReverseTrans Kiara/Sri Bintang Workout

Updated: Jan 19

Folded between Desa Parkcity and Kepong this twin peak is easily accessible for urban hikers, not needing to venture across borders for a good quad workout. It is actually part of a more extensive forested area which extends south as far as Bukit Kiara and is separated from this area by the North-South Expressway.


Sri Bintang, what use to be the northern tip of Bukit Kiara Forest Reserve



Therefore if you are looking for something more challenging you could hike all the way to Kiara and back or from Kiara to Sri Bintang and back. This journey best to be undertaken early in the morning as there are some exposed parts that can be scorching in the sun!

Sweeping views of Kuala Lumpur and Kepong, Batu Caves rewards you at the top of this short and sweet hike during trying times!

Do not let the rules dampen your desire and make sure you are exercising for your mental and physical health, you can hike in Kuala Lumpur, as long as you keep it to 5 people in a group!


Left path leads to an interesting clearance with exhilarating climb, Right is straight forward

Starting point: Google Sri Bintang trailhead, it starts at Jalan Sri Bintang 8

Hike Duration: 1.5 hours

End Hike: Backtrack about 3.5km, you could repeat the loop.

Hike Difficulty: 2/5 although some part is rather steep!

Scenery Rewards: 4/5


Tips: Come early as the parking gets quite full due to the popularity of the location.


What to bring


1. Good pair of hiking shoes

2. Cap is necessary as there is a part without canopy and can get really hot

3. Check the weather forecast

4. 1 litre of water (if you are doing Reverse Trans, bring 2 litters of water)

5. Mosquito Repellent

6. A GOOD ADVENTURE SPIRIT


Start hike


We took the left canopy path, stopped at a lookout point towards Kepong town, and proceeded up till we reach a flat barren dirt land. ( badly eroded and by the look of it, earmarked for future housing development)

Well maintained steps

We reached this flatten area full of stone cairns left behind by hikers, each more remarkably balanced than the other. Interestingly you can find many strange land formation here and crystalised quarts amongst the soil.


This trail has few rope challenges where you need to ascend at 70-85 degree angles. Although the slopes are not formidable enough to scare you off but it promises an exhilarating rush! The first slope is an easy one, about 65 degree angle. From here 2 paths, the right leads to the exhilarating slope.


Even a kid can do it! Use the ropes and take it one step at the time!

The first part of the slope is a little scramble but the second part requires some guts and a wide stretch in your thighs. If all fails, you can still enjoy the view by taking the left path up. Which is a gentle trail to Peak 1.




Peak 1


The top of this peak is towered by a huge pylon and power lines that run across Kepong to Segambut. I have to say the power lines are a real spoiler to an otherwise perfect city view of Kuala Lumpur!


Sri Bintang Peak 1 with KL view

There are not many trees at the peak, so it is important to bring a cap or better still, a parasol. Further on towards the wooded area, there is an outdoor gym with concrete weights for those who can muster more energy!

From the peak 1, we re-entered the wooded area and headed all the way down almost to the point where we entered. But this time we took a different path and head up to the next hill.


Work your quads and get your heart pumping

Peak 2


It is always a challenge to gain back the elevation after descending too quick too soon. The initial ascend is in wooded area and therefore shaded. But it clears up at some point and you will be completely exposed to the elements. During this ardous and hot upward trail, don't miss the views on the right. You will see Batu Caves and yonder more mountain range, and below the city. Simply breathtaking and short of breath all at once!


View of the mountain range and Batu Caves, Gombak

At the second hill there is more shade for rest and relax. The community of Sri Bintang has utilized this area well by planting a wide variety of plants and herbs on Peak 2.

From here, the trail is pretty self-explanatory. Some descend and ascend and you will find yourself back at the point where you started.




Trans Sri Bintang or Kiara reverse


This 8km hike, depending on your start point from Peak 2 in Sri Bintang or from Bukit Kiara Ayuria is not for the faint-hearted! This reverse trans will take about 2-4 hours depending on your fitness level and will leave you exhausted and pumped-up for more!

Traversing this trail is exciting as it is picturesque with many vantage points. If you are attempting this, do make sure you pack enough water and loads of mosquito repellent and a cap.


Part of the Kiara forest that is now separated by the highway

We attempted this from Bukit Kiara, however it would be same if you take it from Peak 2 in Sri Bintang, just opposite. I would divide the hike into 3 parts.


Biker/Hiker Trail of Bukit Kiara

Kiara Boner Right


If you are coming from Kiara this would be a downhill slope. However, the return league can be exhausting as this would be an upward climb when you are all worn out. Instead of joining toward Bukit Kaira make a right at the fork towards the construction site.

There is a vantage point here toward Kepong/Desa Park City and few big boulders as you decent to Kampung Palimbayan.

Amazing view of Kiara, Kepong and the back bone mountains of Malaysia
Boulders leading down to Kampung Palimbangan

Palimbayan orchards/construction site


At the gully of Bukit Kiara, this undulating land has made it perfect for durian and mangosteen farming. Durian trees tower over you and so does the scent of the mangosteen flowers (if in season).

From here you climb up to the other side of the hill and head towards the construction site.

***Mosquito attack, swarms of mosquitos will attack you if you are not properly covered! Make sure you are well prepared with repellent here! Try not to stop!

Boulder landmark at Kampung Palimbanyan at the durian orchard

Despite the fact that the Government has gazetted Kampung Sungai Penchala as one of the Malay Reserve Lands in Kuala Lumpur, this village is being actively developed and is arguably the most rapidly developed areas in the past 10 years with many developments having taken place.



This part is a downhill slope, traipse along a dried-up stream, and up again at the construction workers barracks (yikes Covid-19 clusters).


Hike up the hill atop the construction worker barracks

Rubber fields/Sri Bintang


The rubber trees area is the most pleasant part, due to the fact that it is flat and rather spaced out with not much undergrowth. Just follow the pink ribbons that mark the trail!


At some point, the trail drops as it nears the highway. The descent took about 10 minutes as the sound of the passing car becomes more distinct. We passed a little stream and headed under the highway!

Cross the little stream
You know you are close to Sri Bintang with another 30 minutes to go!

After the bridge, this part would be the hottest with no tree canopy. However, there is a sense of wildness. Being right next to a bustling highway, larger than life billboard, it all seems so surreal?? (maybe it is just me)


Billboard by the North-South highway
Objective is to reach Peak 2, pylon!! At this point I am exhausted and dead!

From the billboards, we hiked up the hill, reached a tarmac road that lead to the Desa Parkcity reservoir, scramble a little more to reach the tree with the swing and with one last push, reached Peak 2 of Sri Bintang.


From the tree with swing, it is just a little more to reach Sri Bintang peak 2

Finally we made!! Peak 2 Sri Bintang

We took a short break, restore our energy and headed back. Except, this time was much hotter! Therefore it is wise to start as early as possible to avoid the unbearable heat!


The return leg journey is indeed tougher, as we are fatigued and dehydrated! With that in mind, remember to reserve some energy & water for the return!

Reflections


You are never far from civilization when hiking here. You may not find that cry of nature or get lost from the city, simply due to the proximity of huge urbanization and development around this prime area!

However, this swatch of land, coupled with Bukit Kiara, Reverse Trans Kiara or Sri Bintang has a magnetic appeal perhaps due to its easy accessibility. This hike treads along some less explored areas in an urban city and you will come out accomplished and satisfied although it is only a mare 8km to and fro!


It was such a pleasurable yet challenging hike with Alex Goh and the Sunday lady hikers who normally took more pictures than pant, but not this time!





Date visited: November, December 2020








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